Welcome Back, Chain Belts

Photo: @justineclenquet_jewellery
In the '80s, chain belts reigned supreme. They more closely mirrored our jewelry than traditional belts, and women didn't worry if their pants actually stayed up (chains were draped over dresses and skirts as decoration, too). In the '90s, the look took a turn toward more hardcore, punk iterations, with wallet chains giving outfits an edgier vibe.

Now the chain belt is back. And, as in decades past, we're adorning our pants, skirts, and even dresses with them as though they were jewelry. (Sometimes we're even wearing them as necklaces, too.) Ahead, we've rounded up all the modern-day iterations to buy before everyone else catches on. While some of them can actually keep our pants in place, it's definitely not a prerequisite. Bottoms up (or not)!
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Keep those pants on your hips with this sturdy, locked-up take on a chain belt.

Alexander Wang Skinny Balls Stud Belt, $422, available at Alexander Wang.
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Wallet chains are having a comeback. Wear this belt with or without it.

ASOS Chain Grunge Waist and Hip Belt, $18.04, available at ASOS.
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Not sold on the chain belt? Try a metal version that maintains a more traditional shape.

Topshop Metal Link Belt, $48, available at Topshop.
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Hang your keychains from the loops.

Chloé Chain Belt, $315, available at The Outnet.
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This might be expensive, but you're getting a necklace and a belt out of it.

Lanvin Chain-link Necklace/Belt, $850, available at Barneys New York.
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The large links offer a clean, minimalist look.

Michael Kors Collection Chain-link Leather Belt, $550, available at Michael Kors.
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Again, you can adorn your pants or your neck with this edgy piece.

Front Row Shop Gold Metal Chain Necklace, $23, available at Front Row Shop.
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This Saint Laurent belt will have a lot of longevity.

Saint Laurent 15MM Chain & Embossed Leather Belt, $745, available at Luisa Via Roma.
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Does your chain hang low? It does with this extra-long loose end.

Style Nanda Pleather and Chain Belt, $16, available at Style Nanda.